Posts Tagged ‘FBI’

The Geezer Bandit is Out of Control!!!

I still cannot believe how long this crazy and dangerous man has been at large! Come on cops… you can do it! I believe in you! Catch this man and put him behind bars NOW.

geezer-bandit Via ABC News:

The FBI and police in California are searching for the "geezer bandit," an apparently grey-haired elderly man who has committed armed robberies at 12 banks, the latest on Friday in Bakersfield.

The elderly persona — whether real or donned for the robberies — may be one reason why the bandit has been so successful. "People may think that because of his overall appearance he may not be as threatening," said FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth in San Diego. "But you have to keep in mind that he’s an armed bank robber. And he has threatened tellers with the use of that gun — we have photos where he is actually pointing a gun at a teller."

Foxworth said "witnesses described him as wearing a Halloween-like old man mask. Whether he’s actually an elderly man or someone wearing some type of disguise is something we’re considering as part of the investigation. We have not limited ourselves in any way."

The first 11 robberies in San Diego and Riverside counties share characteristics with Friday’s heist in the town of Bakersfield, according to the FBI. In the first 11 episodes, which took place from August 2009 through June 2010, the robber showed a demand note, asked for cash, pointed a revolver at tellers, and threatened them with a gun if they did not comply.

The Geezer Bandit Has Hit His Seventh Bank!

geezer bandit in san diego california

Prune juice!

Oh my gosh! He’s at it again! This is one crazy old dude.

Via The Los Angeles Times Local Blog:

The San Diego County bank robber dubbed “the Geezer Bandit” by the FBI has struck again.

He is suspected of robbing the California Bank and Trust on Tuesday in suburban Vista — his seventh bank job since late August.

His age, estimated to be between 60 and 70 years, has given rise to the FBI nickname. He often wears headgear.

On Tuesday, he appeared to wear a Padres cap. He waited patiently in line and then flashed a revolver at the teller and demanded money, the FBI said.

Three banks have offered rewards totaling $16,000 for his arrest. Tipsters can call the FBI at (858) 565-1255 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— Tony Perry in San Diego

Hopefully we’ll catch this dude soon. It was funny at first, but this dude needs to be stopped.

Less Bank Robberies in San Diego

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I know you want me...

This is great. A drop in bank robberies is always a good thing!

Via SignOnSanDiego:

The number of reported bank robberies in San Diego County declined about 38 percent in 2009 compared with the previous year, the FBI said Tuesday.

Last year, there were 101 bank robberies in the county with a total loss of $602,085, compared with 165 in 2008 with a total loss of more than $1.6 million, said FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

The FBI also released national statistics on bank robberies, burglaries and larcenies during the last three months of 2009. More than $10.5 million was taken. Of that amount, 20 percent was recovered.

Bank crimes most often occurred on Tuesdays, and regardless of the day, occurred most frequently between 9 and 11 a.m., the FBI said.

Asked about the local decrease, Foxworth said that a number of factors affect bank robbery crime rates, and he said he could not point to a particular factor. He said that the FBI works closely with local law enforcement agencies to apprehend the most violent and prolific bank robbers.

He noted the FBI is still looking for the robber dubbed “The Geezer Bandit,” who last robbed a bank Jan. 28, striking for what authorities believe was the sixth time in five months.

Rewards totaling $16,000 are being offered for arrest of the robber, who is believed to be between 60 and 70 years old.

Good times, San Diego!